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Murray Olderman (MSJ47)

  • Murray Olderman

  • Murray Olderman

  • An iconic image by Murray Olderman

Murray Olderman has profiled and drawn sports cartoons of every major sports figure in the past 60 years.

From Mickey Mantle to Rocky Marciano, from Al Davis to Tiger Woods, Olderman has covered them all.

For 35 years, he was a syndicated columnist and cartoonist whose work was distributed by Newspaper Enterprise Association, a Scripps-Howard syndicate, to 650 daily newspapers.

After serving as executive editor of NEA, he retired from the syndicate but remains active as a writer and artist, and his stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Miami Herald.

His most recent book, published last year just after his 91st birthday, contains excerpts of letters he wrote to his wife while he served in Europe during World War II. After returning from the war, he came to Medill where he earned his master’s degree.

He is the author of 14 other books including The 20th Century Encyclopedia of Baseball (Thomas Nelson & Sons); The Pro Quarterback (Prentice-Hall); The Running Backs (Prentice-Hall); The Defenders (Prentice-Hall); Tennis Clinic (Hawthorn); The Warrior Way (California Living Books); 49er Pro-Files (San Francisco); Super! (Oakland Raiders); Super!: ‘Just Win, Baby’ (Los Angeles Raiders); Starr: An Autobiography (William Morrow); Mingling with Lions (Seven Locks Press), Angels in the Forest (iUniverse Books); Just Win, Baby: the Al Davis Story (Triumph Books), and A Year Apart (St. Johann Press).

One of the leading national authorities on pro football, Olderman is past president of the Football Writers As­sociation of America and the founder of the Jim Thorpe Trophy (for the NFL’s most valuable player) and the Maurice Podoloff Trophy (for the NBA’s MVP). His football murals hang in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio.

He was twice named Sports Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society and received that organization’s Service Award. He was also the recipi­ent of the Dick McCann Award as the outstanding pro football writer, and the Bert McGrane Award for distin­guished service by the Football Writers Association of American.

He was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and is in the writers’ wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He has taught courses in writing and cartooning at San Francisco State University and the University of Red­lands, lectured at Stanford University and the Univer­sity of Southern California and was a visiting professor of journalism at the University of Oregon.